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Monica’s Red Cake

The holidays are upon us and that means all the holiday dinners. Holiday meals are some of the best and we will always love a delicious Christmas ham or prime rib dinner to celebrate. However, the main course isn’t always the best part, it’s the added sweets. We don’t know about you, but we’re here for all of the different dessert options! This delicious ruby red cake from Monica Hanten’s family is the perfect addition to any holiday spread.

This sweet, festive treat comes from Todd and Monica Hanten, who keep busy farming soybeans, corn, wheat, and alfalfa near Goodwin, S.D. The Hantens both grew up on farms and developed strong ties to the land. Todd often gushes about Monica’s cooking, saying, “I’m pretty sure that’s why my employees continue to work here. They enjoy Monica’s cooking”. Todd and Monica’s cooking doesn’t slow down during the holidays and a lot of their time together is spent in the kitchen. This holiday season, the Hantens shared their family’s red cake recipe. It is the perfect, tasty dessert to serve your guests after your holiday meal. Monica’s red cake batter cooks into a fluffy and festive treat everyone will enjoy.


We’d love to hear if you make Monica’s Red Cake and what you thought! Leave a comment below to share your thoughts or tag us on Facebook or @hungryfortruthsd on Instagram.

To learn more about Todd and Monica Hanten, click here. Or test out more delicious holiday recipes like Crockpot Cranberry Sweet Potatoes or Glazed Holiday Ham from Hungry for Truth.

Happy cooking & happy holidays!


todd and monica

Monica's Red Cake

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr



  • 1/2 Cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 Oz Red Food Coloring
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/5 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar


  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Vnilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar


Cake Batter

  • 1. Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. 2. Combine cocoa and food coloring, then add into the mixture. 3. Add salt, vanilla extract, buttermilk, and flour. 4. Add vinegar and baking soda. Fold into batter, do not beat. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350.


  • 1. Combine flour and milk, stir over low heat until thick, then cool. 2. Cream the butter vanilla extract and sugar together and then add to the cold mixture. 3. Beat until light and fluffy.
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